New Educational Web Series "The Hello World Program" Makes Computer Science Fun and Accessible to Kids of All Ages

It's not easy to make computer science and programming subjects particularly accessible or interesting to young audiences, but two brothers from Los Angeles have developed "The Hello World Program," an educational puppet show that makes learning fun. Jared and JR Nielsen have just initiated a Kickstarter campaign for their new web series designed to inspire and enable the next generation of digital media producers.

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The Hello World Program: An entertaining and educational puppet show

The Hello World Program cast: Daisy, Unique ID, Adelie, and Guido

The Hello World Program is the show we wish we watched as kids. We don’t want a boring future and we think the best way to avoid that is by encouraging and educating the young and old to actively produce their own media.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

It's not easy to make computer science and programming subjects particularly accessible or interesting to young audiences, but two brothers from Los Angeles have developed an educational puppet show that makes learning fun.

The Hello World Program is an educational and entertaining web series that teaches computer science, programming and digital media production techniques to kids of all ages. It is the creative effort of brothers Jared and JR Nielsen who grew up in a small town in rural Utah where their neighbors were few and far between. Staging puppet shows, making their own toys and shooting short stop-motion videos, they learned the skills necessary to create their own fun.

"The Hello World Program is the show we wish we watched as kids. We don’t want a boring future and we think the best way to avoid that is by encouraging and educating the young and old to actively produce their own media,” says Jared. Topics covered by the web series include Python, Linux, web design, video editing, 3D modeling and animation, puppet making, and graphic design.

Jared and JR use free, open source software in the production of the program, because this type of software is accessible to anyone, anywhere, with a computer and an Internet connection. This eliminates the economic barrier often associated with media production. Additionally, they make all aspects of their production open by teaching the techniques they use to create the show and providing tutorials and patterns on how to make their puppets.

To follow the project, be sure to find The Hello World Program on Twitter @helloworldprogram and Facebook and spread the word to your social media networks. Consider donating as little as $1 to help the project come to life.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1784712961/hello-world-an-educational-and-entertaining-puppet


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Unique ID teaching HTML Unique ID teaching HTML

The highly intelligent robot host, Unique ID, shares his knowledge of HTML


Guido Teaching Python Guido Teaching Python

The pythonic python, Guido, teaches his favorite programming language, Python.